Fodor's New Zealand
Moanarua Beach Cottage
At a Glance
- welcoming, relaxed environment
- close to beach
- not luxurious
- may be too far off-the-beaten-track for some
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Moanarua Beach Cottage Review
Hosts Miria and Taroi Black provide their own variety of Māori manaakitanga (hospitality) for a truly cultural homestay experience. The doorway of the guest whare (house, in this case cottage) is framed with traditional carvings representing the kaitiaki (caretakers) of Miria and Taroi's respective tribes, while the interior is decorated with contemporary Māori art, such as harekeke (woven flax). Murals, sculpture, and carvings in the garden depict the cultural history of the area. Guests also have the use of kayaks, a luxury hot tub and a bbq. Those staying longer than two nights are invited to share a hāngi (a traditional method of cooking food). Miria and Taroi's hospitality, humor, and stories make up for the whare's humble furnishings; this is a smaller-scale, more intimate and definitely authentic version of a Māori cultural experience provided on tours.
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